Question about performance modules


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Apr 23, 2024
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1996 Ford Thunderbird 4.6 V8
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Hey guys! Got a very low mileage, all original '96 T-Bird with the 281 that I was thinking about getting a performance module for. Came up with 2 that sounds interesting but wanted to know if any of you have tried these and if so, your thoughts on them. Any input is appreciated.


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Jet is garbage and a scam

The Xcal 4 is good but you’ll need to pay a tuner like don lasota to program a tune for your car into it. You can get X3s or X2s used substantially cheaper too, but make sure the seller shows it’s unlocked before paying.

Really though unless you have drastic mods(eg engine swap, not a CAI) you’re not going to see drastic gains from only a tune with a 4.6.
You get a lot better performance going to a PI intake, and true duals, You don't need a tune untill you head swap it, or put in a pi engine, or mark engine.
There isn't really anything that can be easily done to make these aging cars faster. Even if you do some work to the engine then you have the stock transmission and torque convertor which is a big weak link.
Basically to make these cars faster the transmission needs to be taken out and worked on, and the engine top end & exhaust need an overhaul. Otherwise you are just wasting your time and money on little things that don't really amount to anything.

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